PRESTWICH Heys' promotion charge continued this week, despite Saturday's match against Charnock Richard falling foul of the weather.

Jon Lyons' men head the form tables in the Hallmark Security League First Division after last Wednesday's 5-1 home victory over Holker Old Boys extended their winning run to six matches.

The result kept Heys within reach of the play-off places, six points behind sixth-placed Sandbach United but with three games in hand.

They set off at a lively pace against Holker and had a goal disallowed in the 10th minute. Jamie Baguley was judged to have been in an offside position despite not touching Chris Baguley's inswinging free kick, which eluded everyone on its way into the top corner.

Within a minute, Holker celebrated their reprieve by taking the lead.

Some slick play down the right ended with Jamie Pattinson latching on to a low cross and dispatching the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Heys were fortunate not to fall further behind two minutes later when Kevin Watkin found space in the area but Andrei Stinca got down well to save at his feet.

Heys steadied the ship and Danny White saw a low shot held before he levelled in the 21st minute.

Holker keeper Jaroslaw Bitner saved White’s initial effort after he burst into the box, but the Heys midfielder showed great composure and strength to fend off the visiting defenders and slot home the rebound.

The game continued to ebb and flow with Holker looking the more threatening but their failure to make several promising situations count was to prove costly as Heys threw off the shackles to score two quick-fire goals just before half time.

Michael Itela's cross was cleared to the edge of the area where Chris Baguley was waiting to drill the ball home on the half volley.

Dave Swarbrick might have levelled shortly after but with a clear sight of goal he ballooned his shot wide and moments later Heys were up the other end increasing their lead.

White was again involved, seizing possession on the edge of the area before laying the ball into the path of Paul Tierney who delivered a classy, deft finish into the bottom corner.

Bitner pulled off a good save to keep out a Chris Baguley free kick before the break.

Heys were quick out of the blocks for the second half, looking to kill off their opponents and had a couple of half chances. However, it was Holker who went the closest with a quick-fire raid that ended with a Swarbrick shot going wide.

The visitors saw a couple of chances come and go before Chris Baguley had a stinging shot pushed around the post.

Arguably, the defining moment of the game came in the 66th minute. A ball into the box found Holker's Philip Coombe who, in one quick movement, turned and fired goalwards only for Stinca to pull off a stunning save.

And Chris Baguley capitalised, scoring with a sweetly struck low shot into the bottom corner.

The goal gave Heys the breathing space they needed and although Holker continued to have moments of danger the hosts looked increasingly menacing.

Chris Baguley tried to lob Bitner from 30 yards but saw his shot just clear the bar.

The keeper then denied Tierney at close range, before the Heys player blasted another shot over the bar.

Tierney finally added Heys' fifth goal in the 82nd minute when he found the bottom corner with a sublime shot into the bottom corner.

Heys were due to host play-off rivals Sandbach last night, after the Guide went to press. They have a home game against Ashton Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm, and face seventh-placed Widnes on Monday (7.45pm) in a match that will be played at Barnton FC.